Purpose and object
The Labor Market Fund is used to support, upon application, measures for qualification and employment promotion that require "start-up financing" or a limited, ever decreasing subsidy of usually up to 3 years (exception: training canvassers). Funding is not granted to individual persons.
The target groups of the measures of the Labor Market Fund are unemployed persons and persons threatened by unemployment (employee-related approach). Eligible measures are primarily those that fall under one of the following four funding priorities:
1) Regional labor market initiatives and the development and testing of innovative instruments (experimental pot).
These include, in particular, (innovative) projects for the (re-)integration of the unemployed or people who have become unemployed as a result of the Corona pandemic. However, it also includes measures that focus on securing regional skilled labor needs and/or the effects of the "3 D transformation" on the labor market (demographics, digitalization and decarbonization). In addition, projects for the integration of refugees into the labor market are covered, especially refugees from Ukraine.
2) Projects to support young people on their way to vocational training and vocational qualification.
Young people who have difficulties in obtaining a training place due to their life situation and/or the situation on the regional training place market are to be supported. Within the framework of this funding priority, innovative measures can be promoted
- to promote training activities,
- to overcome difficulties in the transition from school to vocational training or vocational school (school leaver classes), in the transition from vocational school (classes for young people without a training place, so-called JoA classes) to vocational training, and
- for the integration of young adults into the vocational training system, insofar as no other support, in particular statutory support, is provided.
3) Training acquisition officers (AQs) for lower-performing young people with and without an immigrant background.
AQs support lower-performing young people with or without a migration background as well as apprentices - regardless of their performance level and school-leaving qualifications - insofar as their training companies are affected by insolvency or are threatened with insolvency.
- The AQs provide information about the opportunities and possibilities of the dual training system.
- Thanks to their large network, the AQs are able to provide targeted support to apprenticeship seekers at the transition from school to work and to companies in their search for suitable young people.
Likewise, the large network offers the opportunity to bring young people whose training companies are affected by insolvency into contact with companies where it is possible to complete their training.
4) Measures to improve opportunities for women in the labor market
The measures are intended to reach women who want to use and develop their potential to improve their opportunities in the labor market. Gender-specific disadvantages or disadvantages in the labor market caused by interruptions in employment are to be compensated for and women are to be supported in their professional development and career advancement.
5) Measures to support people with disabilities on their way to vocational training (vocational orientation) and / or jobs in the general labor market.
These measures are intended to support people with disabilities who, due to their living situation and / or the situation on the regional labor market, have difficulties in obtaining a training position or job that is subject to social insurance contributions and who are not entitled to benefits from a workshop for people with disabilities or another benefit provider.
Recipients of funding
Any legally responsible organization that implements appropriate qualification and employment promotion measures is eligible to apply; this may also include municipalities. Job centers under § 6a SGB II and § 44b SGB II are excluded from funding.
Only project-related personnel and material expenses are eligible for funding.
Type and amount
Funding priorities 1), 2), 4) and 5):
Temporary, pro rata, degressive (up to 90% in the first year, up to 80% in the second year, up to 70% in the third year) funding of the planned or established project-related expenditure (pro rata funding in accordance with ANBest-P/ ANBest-K).
Funding priority 3):
Temporary, pro-rata (up to 90%) funding of personnel and material expenses. Non-personnel expenses may not exceed 15% of personnel expenses.